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Porridge stage show

Postby Archie » Sat Aug 22, 2009 2:08 pm

I caught something on Radio 2 this morning about a stage show based on the popular BBC comedy 'Porridge' :o

Apparently it's going to tour the UK :) I found this link -

http://www.show-and-stay.co.uk/theatre- ... 20428.html
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Postby bob » Sun Aug 23, 2009 2:41 pm

Archie

I'm going to see it, not sure when but i know i have tickets.

I really liked porridge, it also demonstrated what a good character actior Ronnie Barker was. I can never understand why people think Open All Hours was his best work.
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Postby Archie » Fri Aug 28, 2009 3:09 pm

It was mentioned on the Channel 4 news at 12 today the national tour starts tonight, they showed a scene from the play it looks good :)

Hope it goes to the theatre in Glasgow where I saw Oil Drum Lane :o
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Postby PaulaT » Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:34 pm

I saw Shaun Williamson being interviewed about this on This Morning during the summer. At first I wasn't so sure if he could pull it off but as the interview went on I saw he was quite sharp and witty. Obvious character traits of Norman Stanley Fletcher!!!!! So who knows. It would be interesting to see 8) !

And for my money Ronnie's Barkers best work was Porridge. It's very difficult to better 8) 8) 8) !!!!!!!
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Re: Porridge stage show

Postby Super_Slick » Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:19 pm

Archie wrote:Apparently it's going to tour the UK


Hi, big fan of Steptoe, just joined tonight, for anyone interested I found these dates:

http://calibreproductions.co.uk/porridge-tour-dates/

Has there ever been any recent similar Steptoe stage production?

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Postby PhilGlass » Sat Sep 12, 2009 9:44 pm

Yes Super Slick.

'Steptoe and Son - Murder at Oil Drum Lane' by Ray Galton and John Antrobus was the first of all these 'revivals'.

There is a forum section dedicated to it on this site which should tell you what you want to know.!
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Postby bob » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:51 pm

Welcome Super_Slick

I've got tickets to see the poriddge stage show, but a recent review said it was rubbish !!

never mind I'll make my own mind up.

Murder in Oil Drum Lane was fantastic.

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Postby bob » Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:43 pm

Just thought I would let you know. I have made my own mind up !

I went to see the Porridge stage show last Friday, I can’t tell you how disappointed I was. The acting was fine, the set good etc. It was just that it contained no new material whatsoever. It was a complete writing cop-out !!!

The simply just did a greatest hits, where they took parts of well know episodes and stuck them together to form a very loose plot. I loved the TV series and I could have got up on stage and delivered the lines, as could many other people in the audience.

It is a shame that such clever writers as Clement and LeFrenais could not go to the bother of writing a new script especially for the stage. Ray and John Antrobus brought the Steptoe story full circle when they gave us “Murder in Oil Drum Lane”

Good luck to them for going to the trouble.
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Postby PhilGlass » Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:31 pm

What an absolute shame, Bob.

There is endless potential for stories in a setting like that. We may excuse the odd recycled clip, I remember my dad being furious at the original Mr. Bean film for that, but a few nice clips can take you down memory lane, but nothing new is just lazy writing if you ask me.

Clement and La Frenais have proven their talent over the years, maybe the fans were just taken for granted.

A shame, a big big shame.
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Postby bob » Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:48 am

Hi Phil

Yes it really was dissapointing, just using the old dialogue and cutting and pasting to form a script realy left me unsatisfied. While the acting was fine, all it really ended up achieving was to prove what an awesome comedy actor Ronnie Barker was, as none of the punchlines were delivered with quite the same effect.

They only wrote 3 series and 2 Christmas specials 20 episodes in total. I'm sure with a little effort they could have thought up a totaly new situation for Fletcher, MaKay and all.

On a more positive note regarding Clement and La Frenais you must see a film called "The Bank Job". It is quite recent and is based on a true story. It is fantastic and has a Clement and La Frenais script.

They even manage to recycle an old Porridge gag in this film.
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Postby Archie » Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:36 pm

There was a short series based after Porridge I think it was called 'Out' :o

Godber played a truck driver, he was engaged to Ingrid and was the lodger at Fletchers house.
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Postby PhilGlass » Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:48 pm

Archie,

It was called 'Going Straight'. Although it won an emmy award it flopped in the ratings and was cancelled after jsut one series, I really like it though.
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Postby Karl » Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:57 am

I thought "Going Straight" was an excellent follow on to "Porridge"
the first episode where Fletch bumped into Mackay on the train home to London was a classic!! :lol:
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